State Assembly District 2

Don Guardian

Don Guardian

Don Guardian was sworn in as assemblyman in January 2022.

Guardian earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1975 from Upsala College in East Orange. His first job after graduation was with the Boy Scouts of America, where he worked until 1980. He was a Claridge Casino Hotel executive from 1991 to 1993 and ran the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s Special Improvement District from 1992 until 2013. He most recently served as Toms River Township business administrator.

Previously, Guardian was mayor of Atlantic City from 2014 to 2018. In a city with just 10% Republican registration, he became the first Republican mayor in almost 25 years.

He is actively involved in Rotary International, Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association, the Atlantic County Improvement Authority, and the NAACP.

Guardian resides with his husband, Louis Fatato, in Atlantic City.

Bethanne McCarthy-Patrick

Bethanne McCarthy-Patrick

Bethanne McCarthy Patrick was sworn in as an assemblywoman in January 2022.

McCarthy Patrick owns and runs the Cornerstone Grill Café in Carney’s Point with her husband Luke, and works as an EMT for Inspira Health. After 27 years as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, she retired from Pennsville Fire and Rescue, where she currently remains a life member.

Previously, she served on the Mannington Township board of education from 2018 to 2021; and the Salem County Chamber of Commerce board of directors from 2017 to 2018.

Born and raised in Pennsville, McCarthy Patrick lives in Mannington.